Democratic and Republican leaders are hinting that they are looking for a path toward reviving stalled negotiations on the next round of pandemic relief for the U.S. economy, even as both sides remain far from any deal.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that Democrats might be willing to cut more from their proposal to reach agreement on immediate needs and -- with the party growing more confident of gains in the November elections -- return to do more after votes are cast.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, said Pelosi’s decision to break out $25 billion in funding for the Postal Service from the original Democratic relief plan could provide an opening for talks.

“The outlook for a skinny deal is better than it’s ever been, and yet we’re still not there,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters Wednesday.

Although Pelosi is bringing the House back to Washington to vote Saturday on a post office bill that would prevent any cutbacks by the agency as well as provide the extra money, there was no sign McConnell would act to bring back the Senate from its break. Any accord is still likely to wait until September even as the U.S. economy is limping along with many businesses still struggling and millions of Americans out of work.

Pelosi said both sides “have to try to come to that agreement now.”

She suggested Democrats might go beyond their most recent offer to trim the $3.5 trillion relief package the House passed in May and come back later for the rest.

“We’re willing to cut our bill in half to meet the needs right now,” she said Tuesday at a Politico Playbook event. “We’ll take it up again in January.”

Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill later said that she was referring to previous offers to meet Republicans “halfway, not cutting our bill in half.”

Senate Republicans offered their own $1 trillion plan at the end of July. During negotiations earlier this month, Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said they had offered to cut their proposal by $1 trillion if the White House and GOP would raise their’s by the same amount. They were rebuffed.

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